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Faking Death: Man Thought To Have Drowned While Fishing in Arkansas Arrested in Yankton, South Dakota for Fraud and Embezzlement

Man Thought To Have Drowned While Fishing in Arkansas Arrested in Yankton, South Dakota for Fraud and Embezzlement – http://www.usmarshals.gov/news/chron/2008/082908b.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What proof of of “death” can one devise?
  • What are some of the relationship complications of pretending to be dead?
  • How can financial issues make someone want to fake their death?
  • What should you avoid if you’re intent on creating a new life?

Description:

Brief item from the US Marshalls about a man who got his wife to testify to his “drowning.” A search in a general search engine for Matthew Alan Shepard brought up a long interview in Wired at http://www.wired.com/vanish/2009/08/evans-interview-with-matthew-sheppard-about-disappearing-its-like-dying/ where he talks about his experience and what some of his perceived mistakes were.

Although the Wired interview isn’t government information by any stretch of the imagination, this US Marshall’s press release shows how a government document can be a good start to finding related information.

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Faking Death: Florida Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud

Florida Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud – http://www.fbi.gov/minneapolis/press-releases/2011/mp041811.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How can someone faking their own death be caught?
  • What are some non “running for life” reasons to fake one’s own death?

Description:

Brief item from the FBI how a man was reported dead on a trip to Malaysia and wasn’t caught until he tried to renew his US passport in Indonesia five years later. More background can be found by doing a search engine search for Vij Misir.

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